Imagine if constructing your dream home was truly a dream…

Welcome to Doug Raub Design and Development, home of exceptional custom craftsmanship. We make the experience of constructing your new home a truly enjoyable experience. We work with you to deliver your new home on-time and on-budget – and be nothing short of a dream come true.

Our aim, from groundbreaking to handing over the keys, is to deliver peace of mind – and smiles on our clients’ faces.

We pride ourselves on creating homes of remarkable elegance with the utmost integrity. We work with the premier architects in the business. We’ve assembled a top-notch team of custom craftsmen that manage your construction and guide it to a speedy completion for a seamless and enjoyable experience. And the results are always stunning.

It’s construction that’s simply beyond compare.

  • Hollywood Hills, CA
  • 6,500 sq. ft.

Modern at Sunset Plaza

Close to the clouds, this luxurious modern home at the top of the Hollywood Hills offers spectacular vantages and stunning design. Highlighted by a dazzling glass ceiling to showcase the floating staircase above, this 6-bedroom 6,500-square-foot opens up to 3 stories of contemporary living at the pinnacle of Los Angeles.

Magnificent indoor and outdoor living features like telescoping doors bring the outside in. Take a dip in the infinity edge swimming pool and enjoy sweeping vistas from Hollywood to the Pacific Ocean.

The main entry floor features two main bedrooms, wine room and gym. The kitchen sports rifted oak cabinetry and stone countertops. Polished concrete floors anchor the basement. Hardwood floors lead the way on the second, while large floor tile patterns mark the main level.

A rooftop deck leads out from the master bedroom, with a rooftop garden steps away.

Designed by A+U Architecture of NYC.

Photography by Aaron Hoffman.

  • Sherman Oaks, CA
  • 9,000 sq. ft.

Illuminated in Sherman Oaks

This spectacular re-creation of a Barn Modern-style home lights up the Sherman Oaks night. While its singled Colonial feel was retained, the house was completely gutted down to the frame and updated with an inviting, brilliantly lit modern interior with a dramatic entry, and all-new Fleetwood doors and windows. The resulting 6-bedroom, 6-bath, 2-story, 9,000-square-foot masterpiece features a breathtaking backyard infinity, zero edge pool with arresting window.

No amenities were overlooked. There’s a full bar and elegant wine cellar. The upstairs balcony sports a retractable awning. Concrete decking feels solid underfoot. An outdoor gas fireplace in cast-in-place concrete warms the evenings.

A hill was replaced with retaining walls and compacted dirt, allowing for a concrete slab to be poured and the Jordan sport court put in place.

The back patio house proves to be a perfect place to host festivities, with a redone interior, warming fireplace and bathroom makeover.

  • Pasadena, CA
  • 5,000 sq. ft.

Modern in Pasadena

Designed by the renowned firm Griffin Enright Architects, this modern home in Pasadena features jaw-dropping curved ceilings, striking lines, polished concrete floors and an extremely open floor plan.

Home Builder Digest has featured our project in their article, "The Best Custom Home Builders in Pasadena, California."

Doug Raub Design + Development completed this 5,000-square-foot home in just 11 months, built from the ground up.

Constructed with extensive structural steel framing to create the single-story home’s open feeling, the 3-bedroom, 4-bath house features a full gym and screening room with an innovative drop-down screen. We also provided all of the hardscaping.

  • Hollywood Hills, CA
  • 4,500 sq. ft.

The Residence at St. Ives

High up in the Hollywood Hills above Sunset Boulevard, the Residence at St. Ives overlooks the City of Angels with views that are truly spectacular. The breathtaking vistas span from downtown to the Pacific.

The modern, high-end home perched above it all is just as exquisite as its vantage. Built by Doug Raub Design and Development, this 4,500-square-foot contemporary features a full hillside pool with double infinity edge and double zero edge, a major engineering feat. Fleetwood sliding doors disappear into the walls when opened.

Details include black marble throughout the kitchen and master bath, an 8-foot wall of marble on the family room fireplace, herringbone pattern white-rifted oak floors and a metal standing seam roof. High-end finishes are seen throughout.

As seen on the TV show Million Dollar Listing on Bravo TV, this is a home that defines the best in indoor and outdoor Southern California living.

  • Encino, CA
  • 16,000 sq. ft.

The Connecticut-Style Estate in Encino

With their friends insisting it would take years to finish, this family enlisted Doug Raub Design and Development to build a massive, 16,000-square-foot estate complete with guesthouse.

The new home features a grand staircase, raised-panel cased arches and elegantly curved lines throughout.

The handcrafted millwork and distressed hardwood floors lend a custom-crafted feel.

Rooms include a theater, grand kitchen that expands into a great room, butler’s pantry, eight big bedrooms, his and hers separate master baths complete with steam unit, three powder rooms, seven bathrooms, living and dining rooms, and a huge family room with coffered ceiling highlighted by the finest millwork and moldings.

Four circular skylights brilliantly bring light into the house.

We’re known for completing our projects on-budget and on-schedule, and this large project was no different, finished in just 14 months.

“Doug Raub and his design and construction team are consummate professionals, and this is reflected in every aspect of their work. Doug and I worked seamlessly to complete our dream house with the finest level of craftsmanship, on-budget and one month early! I have recommended Doug to many of my friends and colleagues, and they too have had excellent results.

Kristin Muhl

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  • Beverly Hills, CA

Classic Spanish Estate in Beverly Hills

Completed in a remarkable nine months, this classic yet all-new Spanish-style estate in Beverly Hills was designed by Elissa Scrafano of Scrafano Architects and built from the ground up by Douglas Raub Design and Development.

With magnificent views from the infinity-edge swimming pool, the six-bedroom, six-bath sprawling house features telescoping 24-foot sliding glass doors that open to fresh air, with vistas that sweep from the city to the ocean.

A walk-in wine cellar, classic tile floors imported from Spain and a colorful Spanish tile staircase make this exquisite estate a true showstopper.

  • Bel Air
  • 1950s Restoration

Mid-Century Modern in Bel Air

Built in the 1950s, Doug Raub Design and Development restored and updated this beautiful, one-level ranch-style house, which offers breathtaking views of downtown Los Angeles.

The mid-century modern home, with five bedrooms and four baths, features a striking kitchen, with matched-grain hickory cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops, along with a built-in wine cellar.

Flooring consists of American Cherry hardwood floors and stone flooring intermingled throughout, while the ceilings are open-beam and tongue-engraved.

The photos above show the fine craftsmanship that went into this period piece.
Designed by the acclaimed architecture firm of Koffka/Phakos of Los Angeles.

“It was our first experience ever building a home. All of our friends who had been through this process overwhelmed us with horror stories of unscrupulous contractors, building delays and budget overruns. Nonetheless, we were determined to build our dream home.

“Doug and his team not only built our dream home, he did so on budget and on time. Just as importantly, Doug was easy to work with, always striving to make us happy and keeping our stress levels low. Inevitably, Doug becomes an extended member of the family, someone who cares deeply about his work and his clients’ satisfaction. Doug didn’t just build us a house – he built a warm and inviting home for our four children and us. We couldn’t be happier.

–John Shallman and Lani Barrameda-Shallman
Encino, CA

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  • Hollywood Hills, CA

Modern in Hollywood Hills

Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, this three-level luxury home features a rooftop deck with sweeping views from downtown to Santa Monica.

Designed by renowned architect Bill Harrison of Harrison Design Associates, this exquisite multi-level home includes four bedrooms and four baths.

Carved into the side of the hill, the modern house is solidly anchored by 63-foot cement piles and retaining walls. A swimming pool, Fleetwood custom luxury doors and windows, and an open steel front staircase with storefront glass make this magnificent home truly unforgettable.

  • Pacific Palisades
  • 3,500 sq. ft.

California Contemporary in Pacific Palisades

Designed by well-respected Adrian Koffka and Cynthia Phakos of LA-based Koffka/Phakos Design, this 3,500 square-foot home in the Pacific Palisades sports elegant, soft touches. Modern and beautifully designed, the 3-bedroom, 3-bath home has a breathtaking ocean view from the master bedroom.

Exquisite details include high-volume wood and beamed ceilings, limestone and walnut flooring, and a glass-enclosed wine room.

Doug Raub made our visualizations a reality. His efficiency, attention to detail and desire to please make him an invaluable asset to any development team. Doug happily obliged our involvement and eagerly participated in a truly collaborative process. When faced with a new challenge as the result of a design request, Doug never cowered. Doug is a fearless professional and one we highly recommend.”

Amanda and Eric Schrier

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  • Sherman Oaks, CA

Barn Modern in Sherman Oaks

Douglas Raub Design and Development crafted the remodel and entire upstairs construction of this two-story, five-bedroom and five-bath barn-style house located on Dixie Canyon in Sherman Oaks.

Prominent features include concrete countertops, imported hardwood floors, interior board and batten walls, wrought-iron handrails on the staircase, Hardie board siding and carriage-house garage doors. Custom sinks are the hallmark of the exceptional master bathroom.

A pagoda made of steel highlights the backyard.
Designed by the acclaimed architecture firm of Koffka/Phakos of Los Angeles.

  • Los Feliz, CA
  • 1950s Restoration

Classic Mid-Century Modern in Los Feliz

Constructed in the 1950s, Doug Raub Design and Development restored and added to this modern masterpiece.

With beautiful views of Los Angeles, this classic home features a new master suite and Terrazzo floors as part of complete refurbishing.

  • Sherman Oaks, CA
  • 5,000+ sq. ft.

The Tuscan Villa in Sherman Oaks

A Tuscan Villa situated in the middle of Sherman Oaks, Douglas Raub Design and Development did all of the construction on this spacious property, including the enticing pool and outdoor environments. The outside enjoys stamped, multi-colored concrete, built-in seating around the fire pit, separate barbeque and bar areas, and a 42-by-18-foot rectangular pool that’s heated by solar energy. The 1,700 square-foot, two-story guesthouse sports a full kitchen, upstairs master bedroom, two bathrooms and a great room for viewing. Tuscan tile floors were laid, and elegant millwork brings an exceptional level of detail.

More than just a remodel, the main house’s interior was completely gutted. The single-story, 5,000-plus-square-foot home features unique, Italian travertine stone floors and a kitchen with beautifully stained wood cabinets, gorgeous granite and Walker Zanger high-end tile. A spacious master bath, plus five bedrooms and five baths, mark this home as a masterpiece.

All work was completed in a remarkable eight months.

Retaining Doug Raub as our General Contractor to build or home was simply the best decision we made, among the hundreds, or perhaps thousands of decisions we faced. Doug has a tremendous work ethic. He puts his clients and their interests first. He has a keen attention to detail and he is very helpful in the process of tending to all the minutiae we faced along the way. Doug lays out a realistic schedule at the beginning of the process and then he adheres to this schedule. Ironically, we (the homeowners) were often the ones responsible for slowing down the process with the many decisions we had to make. Doug surrounds himself with very competent and hard-working people. His supervisors are responsible, his subs are excellent. Doug told us when we started the job that “we’ll have fun building the house together.” We couldn’t believe that. We were dreading the process. Sure enough, it was fun…and the final product is spectacular! And we couldn’t have done that amount of time, and for that amount of money, without Doug Raub. We will gladly shout his name from our rooftop. Doug has become a family friend and we wouldn’t think twice about having him build with us again anytime!

–Andrew and Syd Hersh

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  • Toluka Lake, CA
  • 5,600 sq. ft.

French Normandy Estate in Toluca Lake

An unbelievable 5,600-square-foot, French Normandy-style estate in Toluca Lake that features five bedrooms and four baths.

  • Toluca Lake
  • 5,000+ sq. ft.

The Hampton Beach House in Toluca Lake

Beautifully designed, this Hampton-style Beach House is highlighted by the exceptional shingle siding on the outside and a remarkable radius staircase on the inside.

With four bedrooms and baths, this 5,000-plus-square-foot home radiates with granite countertops in the spacious kitchen and exquisite millwork throughout.

“My partner Cynthia Phakos and I established our practice six years ago and have done over 100 residential projects and never worked with anyone better than Doug and his team. He is extremely service-oriented, organized, and the quality of his work and that of his subs is impressive. All our clients who have had the pleasure of working with him have been incredibly happy with his service, which in turn makes our life much easier.”


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  • Sherman Oaks
  • 6,500 sq. ft.

Traditional in Sherman Oaks

Designed by acclaimed architect Richard Olander, this expansive traditional home in Sherman Oaks was constructed from the ground up by Douglas Raub Design and Development. Over the course of 11 months, the dream for this 6,500 square-foot, 5-bedroom, 4-bath house became a stunning reality.

The two-story new home with all-wood siding features a modern elevator and state-of-the-art theater. With a marble master bath and master suite that overlooks the backyard, the construction included hardwood floors throughout, coffered ceilings in the family room and inset traditional cabinetry.

About Us

Who We Are

Douglas Raub Design and Development creates new homes of superior craftsmanship. Located in Sherman Oaks, we’re a residential builder specializing in building custom new homes. We also design and construct remodels and additions.

Our team loves working together. Each member of our highly professional team brings over two decades of experience to your project. We’re knowledgeable, committed and never rest until the job is perfect. We enjoy making difficult jobs a breeze.

We use modern methods and styles. We can build any type of home, from Tuscan-styled villas to French-style estates to sustainable and green modern edifices. We employ the proper people, who have the skill level, intelligence and forecasting ability to assure your home is custom-crafted – and is finished on-time and on-budget.

Relationships are of utmost importance to us. We believe when you make a deal, you make a deal. We’re always approachable and your phone calls are always returned promptly. We deliver nothing less than exceptional service.

We like making you comfortable and allaying any of your concerns. We pride ourselves on doing all of the little things, including always having a clean, secure job site.

We say what we are going to do and do it. Honesty and integrity are at the core of everything we do. You’ll find we’re an exceptional company with impeccable standards.

We believe that once you’ve worked with Doug Raub Design and Development, no other contractor will compare.

Our homes have been featured in episodes on Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing and Showtime’s Shameless.

Meet our team that’s dedicated to exceeding expectations and delivering smiles on our customers’ faces.

Doug Raub

President and General Contractor

A native of Philadelphia, Doug grew up playing hockey and rooting for his beloved Flyers. After a storied college hockey career at the University of Dayton, where he graduated with a marketing / communication degree, Doug came to Los Angeles to fulfill his dream of working for an NHL team and spent a year with the Kings organization. He loved Southern California so much he stayed, but realized he wanted to take a different career path. He answered an ad in the Wall Street Journal and began working for a pool and hot tub company during the industry boom of the 1970s.

In 1976, he started his own company called Rocky Mountain Tub Company. Soon his clients were asking him to do decking and other construction projects. With customers loving his work, the company evolved to general construction, and, in 1992, Douglas Raub Design and Development was established.

With three decades of construction experience, Doug loves creating customs homes from scratch, enjoying making the entire process from laying the foundation to completion expertly come together. Still an avid hockey player, Doug and his dog Deuce reside in Sherman Oaks, on a street where no fewer than six neighbors have had his firm construct their homes.


Dave Stevenson

Senior Project Supervisor

For Dave, construction runs in the blood. Born and raised in Burbank, Dave began working In the construction industry at age 10 during the summers for his father’s company. After attending CSUN, he went to work full-time for his father, and soon acquired his own contractor’s license.

By 1990, Dave was running his construction business, concentrating on remodels and additions. In early 2012, he began working exclusively for Doug Raub Design and Development as his finish carpenter. After six months, Doug asked Dave to manage one of his projects, With the keen eye of a finish carpenter, Dave is able to spot imperfections and flaws early and correct them.


Scott Ryan

Project Superintendent

Scott has managed the development of luxury single family homes since 2000. He began his career in San Francisco restoring old Victorian homes and has focused his career on high-end properties.

Scott grew up back East and completed an architecture degree at University of Southern California. He worked in a client service role for several advertising and design studios before undertaking his first major remodel project for himself.